Spanish state prosecutor accuses Jose Mourinho of tax fraud
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 6:04
Ronaldo and Mourinho are the latest members of the soccer elite to be accused of tax fraud in Spain.
The Provincial Prosecutor's Office of Madrid are looking into Mourinho's time at Real Madrid, where he was a manager for four years from 2010-2013.
According to Spanish prosecutor files, seen by the BBC and Reuters, he is accused of two counts of defrauding Spain out of a total of €3.3 million (£2.9 million, $3.6 million) in taxes between 2011 and 2012.
Prosecutors accuse the Portugal worldwide of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for its low corporate tax rate.
Paul Pogba is now the most expensive player on the globe after United brought him back from Juventus last summer and Jose Mourinho's men would likely have to break the bank again to re-sign the Portuguese.
Ronaldo, who has been summoned to appear in court on July 31, has denied any wrongdoing.
Since signing for the Catalan giants, Neymar has won three Copa del Ray's, two La Liga titles and a Champions League as part of the famed and feared "MSN" attacking trio, consisting of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and himself.
It's unclear yet what a prosecution would mean for Mourinho.
Lionel Messi was a year ago convicted of defrauding the Spanish state in unpaid taxes on image rights. The two were given 21-month jail sentences but neither is expected to serve prison time since it was a first offence and the sentence was under two years.